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This is an overview article which contains background information and cross-game comparisons. For game-specific information and stats, see the articles linked on the right.
Gameplay articles
Fallout 3Dirty water
Purified water
Aqua Pura Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS
Aqua Cura Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS
Holy water Broken SteelGametitle-FO3 BS
FO: New VegasDirty water
Purified water
Irradiated water
Mass purified water
Rushing water Lonesome Road (add-on)Gametitle-FNV LR
 
Gametitle-FO3Gametitle-FO3 BS
Gametitle-FO3Gametitle-FO3 BS

Water is a consumable item in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.

Variants

Dirty water

FO3 dirty water
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

Dirty water is the most common water in the game, and is drawn from the tainted lakes and rivers. Unlike purified water, this will give you radiation, which can be cured for a fee by a doctor or by using RadAway.

Purified water

FO3 purified water
Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

Purified water is water that has been purged of any radiation, making it one of the only "clean" sources of water in the wasteland. It is not quite as common in the Capital Wasteland as it is in the Mojave, but the water is still rather common, often being found in first aid kits and more advanced settlements.

Aqua pura

FO3BS aqua pura
Gameplay article: Broken Steel

Aqua pura is purified water that has been bottled from the water being taken in from the Tidal Basin and purified at Project Purity.

Aqua cura

FO3 dirty water
Gameplay article: Broken Steel

Aqua Cura is regular irradiated water disguised in an Aqua Cura bottle that Griffon sells in Underworld to cure a plethora of illnesses that ghouls often suffer from. Griffon also takes the real Aqua Pura and sells it to other wastelanders at an inflated price.

Cactus water

Cactus water is a craftable item in Fallout: New Vegas by using 1 empty soda bottle and 2 prickly pear fruit, although when you craft it, it appears in your inventory as purified water.

Notes

Behind the scenes

  • Each bottle of purified water appears to feature the text "'H²O" hand written on the label on the side of the bottle. This format is incorrect (at least according to IUPAC nomenclature) as in chemical formula numbers are written in subscript, not superscript. If read literally, the chemical formula H²O would mean there is one hydrogen and one oxygen isotope that contains two neutrons (instead of the standard eight). This would leave the oxygen extremely unstable and radioactive with a half life that would be so small that it would not be measurable.

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